Published on: 19 June 2015

Do I have a hearing problem?

Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer "yes" to three or more of these questions, you could have a hearing problem and may need to have your hearing checked by an audiologist.

Difficulty hearing
  • Do I have a problem hearing on the telephone or cell phone?
  • Do I have trouble hearing when there is background noise present?
  • Is it hard for me to follow a conversation when two or more people talk at the same time?
  • Do I have to strain to understand a conversation?
  • Do many people I talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
  • Do I misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
  • Do I often ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Do people complain that I turn the TV volume up too high?

Common signs of hearing loss

Signs of hearing loss
  • Listening to television or radio at a higer volume.
  • Muffled sounds, asking people to repeat themselves.
  • Difficulty understanding/following what people are saying - especially in the presence ofbackground noise.
  • Avoiding social situations due to the stress of being unable to communicate properly.
  • Exhaustion after attending social events and straining to hear for several hours.
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